Production of poultry, livestock high in CV

THE PHILIPPINES - Despite a boost in the province’s information, communication and technology (ICT) industry and a surge in property development projects, livestock and poultry production has not dwindled, according to an official from the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7.
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“The demand is still strong for meat and meat products, especially here in Cebu only that production is less,” DA 7 Livestock Coordinator Joel Elumba told Sun.Star Cebu.

Provincial Agricultural Statistics Officer Melchor Bautista said backyard farming contributes to the province’s growth in the livestock industry.

Elumba reported that 300 to 500 heads of beef and goat are shipped to Manila per week.

He also cited a strong demand in the province’s poultry industry, including egg and broiler production.

“Around 70 to 80 percent of egg production in Central Visayas comes from Bantayan Island,” Elumba said.

In an earlier interview, agribusiness journalist Boyet Cortes said Bantayan Island alone generates close to 11 million poultry eggs in a day. These are being distributed in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Source: Sun Star

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